Monday, July 21, 2008

Go Nobody, It's Your Birthday

Technically, it's my birthday.

I should be in bed, but every once in a while I go on a crazy link-clicking joyride and stay up way too late. I used to do it a lot when J traveled. Now I do it like, once every 3 months.

I think my husband is planning to bring me breakfast in bed for my birthday. I'm pretty sure it's a surprise he's planned, and then for some insane reason, thought was safe to tell our 5 year old.

Bo lasted about 6 seconds and was saying things like, "You're having a surprise tomorrow. In the morning. While you are still in bed." I figured if my 5 year old knew about it, it was breakfast.

Then tonight, after he was supposed to be in bed, he came downstairs on official business, announcing long before his face appeared, "Mom, Dad, I have something I need to talk to both of you about."

He came and asked me what I wanted for breakfast. I should have just said cereal. But I said hash browns. Because that's my favorite breakfast food. Which is saying something, because really, I don't care for breakfast foods. But I'll be honest, any food in bed is going to be enjoyed, thoroughly.

Next he whispered loudly to J, "Mom likes hash browns, let's make her hash browns not Honey Bunches of Oats." At which point, Avee's ears perked up and she bellowed "I want Honey Munches of Boats! I'm soooooooooo hungry! I can pour the milk myself!!!"

J said quietly, "I can't do hash browns Bo." And Bo came two feet over to me and broke the news. "What's yo' next favorite thing fo' breakfast, mom?" I told him, Honey Munches of Boats. He was able to go back to bed with a happy heart.

Poor J. He almost genuinely surprised me.



When I was younger and people would forget how old they were, I always thought it was a joke. A dumb joke at that.

I forget how old I am all. the. time. Sometimes I have to do the math from the year I was born. Part of the reason is I have friends with so many different ages, and part of the reason is because I lie sometimes, and part of the reason is because I sadly can't be self-absorbed and only care about myself and think my birthday should be a national holiday, like I used to.

I made the mistake of telling Bo how old I was once. And J made the mistake of teaching him to count once. So now, no matter what, I have this loud little conscience reminding me and everyone within 20 feet how old I am. When he's not around, I'm 29. When he is---I'm turning 33. Sigh. I still feel 23. Until I look in a mirror...

When I turned 31 I posted 31 things I'd learned. When I turned 32 I had a newborn and couldn't form complete sentences. Now, I'm celebrating my 3rd palindromic birthday, and I feel like I should do something to commemorate it. I might have to come back and do that later. On account of being pretty tired, and pretty nonsensical right now. Even for my own low standards.

25 comments:

aubrey said...

well HAPPY BIRTHDAY, nobody! i love hash browns for breakfast. i like to put ketchup on mine. i hope you enjoy your honey bunches of oats tomorrow morning. breakfast in bed has to be the best. i've never had it. but someday..someday. happy birthday to you!

aubrey said...

i loved your 31 things post. what a fabulous idea. i'm not sure i could come up with 31 things though. i'm trying to come up with 30 things to do before i turn 30 and i'm struggling with that.

Cindy said...

Happy Birthday Noboday!! We love you!!

Code Yellow Mom said...

Happy Birthday!!!!!

Hope it's great!

S said...

Hey I wanted to be first! I was TRYING to teach young Bo you were 43 but he wouldn't budge. Happy Happy Birthday. We (Four Niece's,a friend and yo sister:)))))))))) will part.a on Wednesday for your birthday. Granted with that crowd we are going to feel sooo old! Go Go Go Go Go Go Go NOBO you know who you are! Go Go Go Go Go Go Go Nobo your gonna be a star. (?)

Beckie said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY NOBODY!!!! I think you should commemerate this day by going white water rafting! YOU ROCK and I love you. Have a great and ab fab day, and enjoy your honey munches of boats. In future, Denny's nomw has to go meals, so J doesn't have to make hashbrowns.

Tori :) said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY NOBO!!!! And if I were more of top of things I totally would have sent you something. How bout I bring something to Oregon for you?!!?!
YAY!!! HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY! You are SO NOT a Nobody!

Natalie said...

Happy Birthday my dear. :)

I think we should have cake at the thingie.

The Motherboard said...

Happy Birthday! I hope your Honey Muches of Boats was good, but that you got something really good for breakfast-- like Diet Coke and Chocolate.

Have a wonderful day!

Sarah Tilley said...

happy birthday!

33's a good age, not too far from the youthful 20's, still a ways before 40.

i hate looking in the mirror. aside from freckles that are suspiciously looking more and more like liver spots, i've got the line across my forehead engraven by years of raising my eyebrows threateningly at henry.

i love hash browns, but i can't make em right for anything. finally i broke down and bought the pre-shredded frozen kind and it was a little better. not much. sigh.

omar said...

Happy birthday, Nobo!

33, eh? That's old! I hear that 31 is where it's at.

Thanks for keeping us entertained. And also, thanks for giving me a reason to have an extra celebratory taco at lunch. And a bag of M&Ms. Because doggone it, it's Nobo's birthday! It would be disrespectful for me to NOT have that stuff, in your honor.

Sketchy said...

Happy Birthday!

And you might want to direct J in the direction of the potato products in the grocery store. Really. They're not that much more difficult than Honey Munches of Boats.

Sketchy said...

Oh and 33? pshaw!

Sketchy said...

It's not until you're 36 that your knees start going on you and you realize why most professional athletes have retired by this age...

Breit Mama said...

and part of the reason is because I lie sometimes... classic!

Suzanne said...

Happy Birthday, Nobody!!!

How were your Honey Munches of Boats? Did you get a splinter?

So how did you know that your surprise in bed was going to be breakfast? ;D Yah...Bo probably wouldn't know about the other kind of surprises in bed! :D

I hope your days turns out wonderfully! :)

iowamom said...

Happy birthday!!

Amy said...

Feliz cumpleaƱos...that's how they say it in Spain.

No Cool Story said...

HEY! I wanted to say Feliz cumpleaƱos.
Fine, Hyvaa syntymapaivaa! That's how they say it in Finland.

I made you some yummy hash browns. I am going to put them on a pretty plate and cover them with Saran Wrap and keep them in my van so I can give them to you as soon as I see you. Yum, right?

alicia said...

Happy Birthday! You are the best.

glittersmama said...

"I figured if my 5 year old knew about it, it was breakfast."

There were several directions I could have taken this comment. I'll just say that cracked me up.

HAPPY FREAKING BIRTHDAY!! See you in 18 days. woohoo!!

MommyJ said...

I hope you loved your breakfast in bed. Don't worry. I forget how old I am, and more specifically how old my husband is all the time. It's a lot to keep up with... all those numbers and such.

Barnecked Lady said...

Happy b-day, 33 is a super age! I love hashbrowns too. Come down and we will go celebrate at IHOP!!!!!

Physcokity said...

Happy Birthday to the best Nobody I know!

Mary said...

Happy Birthday! 33 sounds great! (My 30th is manana). I just have to say that I think you are so clever, I love the posts of yours I get to read. You crack me up! I hope you get to have some nice treats and lots of fun today! (or was it yesterday? bah)